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Election 2015 — Albas wins in Central Okanagan-Similkameen-Nicola

MP Dan Albas will return to Ottawa following a close win in the riding of Central Okanagan-Similkameen-Nicola.
MP Dan Albas

MP Dan Albas will return to Ottawa following a close win in the riding of Central Okanagan-Similkameen-Nicola.

Albas won his seat with 24,425 votes, just 1,397 more than his nearest rival, Liberal candidate Karley Scott, with 23,028 votes.

New Democratic Party candidate Angelique Wood received 11,939 votes while Green candidate Robert Mellalieu received 2,428 votes.

Voter turnout in the riding was 71.81 per cent.

“We had many great candidates across Canada and running locally,” Albas said.

“I will continue to represent all citizens in this riding to the best of my ability.”

Albas said the results of the election with his win locally and with the Conservative losses nationally are the result of a democratic election.

“I’m a big believer in democracy, and the people are never wrong,” he said during a celebration in West Kelowna on Monday evening.

Meanwhile, at her campaign headquarters, Scott and her supporters watched as the close race continued to unfold.

“We ran a campaign nationally and locally based on optimism and hope,” she said. “I think Canadians rewarded that.”

She said the national outcome was positive, even though she was not elected locally.

“We have a majority government with Justin Trudeau as our Prime Minister,” she said. “We have done so well.”

Wood was disappointed with the results for the New Democrats, locally and nationally.

“I thought the NDP was going to do a lot better, nationally and in this riding,” she said.

Support for Wood was at 19.3 per cent, while nationally, the party received 19.7 per cent of the popular vote.

The number of New Democrat seats in Parliament dropped from 103 after the 2011 election to 44 on Monday.

Mellalieu said the low number of votes for himself came as a surprise.

His support represented 3.9 per cent of voter support, compared with 3.4 per cent of the national voter support for the party.


John Arendt

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John Arendt has worked as a journalist for more than 30 years. He has a Bachelor of Applied Arts in Journalism degree from Ryerson Polytechnical Institute.
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